A little note…

It’s the night before NYE and it’s going to be epic. Who’s excited? I’ll be heading to Nottingham to see some of my favourite artists such as Bicep, Artwork and Redlight! What are you guys doing?! 

Apart from the final bash of 2017. As I wrote in my previous post, I will be heading out to Cuba next week so I’ll be back and raring to go in 3 weeks time!! Can’t wait to share it with you guys.

I’ve been working hard on my Afro-Cuban folkloric music amongst all of my other musical endeavours that’ll be happening in the New Year. Busy time but great times!

That’s all for today! I’ll leave you here with some of my favourite tunes, to get you running into 2018 with positivity, drive and passion to be the better version of yourself.

Bicep         Artwork       Redlight

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The workspace

“It’s only weird because society says it is” 

#BlogNo. 16

A little note…

What’s been going on?!

I’ve been away for a 2 weeks exactly and it certainly doesn’t feel like it! It’s really flown by and I unintentionally missed last weeks’ weekly Sunday Blog as I’ve been super busy (except the week where I took a Break)

So what have I been up to? 

Looks like I could only hack one week after college finished…and I was back in the ‘diff trialling a street performance version of Viktor Ullmans’ Opera – Der Kaiser von Atlantis with freelance Opera Director Polly Graham; check out some photos here.

Before all that happened I recorded pre-recorded loops for a piece I doing next year in my recital (I’ll allow a preview of what’s in store 😀  –>Leap)

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Recording pre-recorded loops

Back to the Opera – I’m not an Opera fanatic I’ll be honest, but when it’s quirky and contemporary, as well as it being intense…that’s my jam guys! Only 2.5 hours of essentially relearning a condensed Opera (originally 1.5 hours…this was 30 minutes!!!) This was so that people would stay to watch and also we had to travel from Penarth Pier to Grangetown Pavillion Winter Fare then Delikatesy Mis (Polish Café in Cardiff) It was thoroughly enjoyable and I hope for this project to develop further!

From then onwards I have been attending jam sessions in Bristol, playing and watching world class musicians in the local area to me, Frome! It’s amazing who is around you – go to some local gigs in your area, get talking and see who’s around. You never know if you’ll be watching somebody who plays in a famous group! 

Also, it’s been busy because I’ve been working hard. Mainly prepping my ideas for the New Year so I can deploy them at the most convenient time. For now I’m mostly practising, listening, researching and most of all. Learning. Investing in instruments (PSYCHED) and prepping for CUBA once again. I will be leaving very early in the New Year and will be away for 2 weeks, learning about Western Cuba/folkloric music and rumba! I can’t wait!

That’s all for today guys! Here is an album I recently listened to and fell in love with!

HAPPY LISTENING     MORE HAPPY LISTENING    LAST BIT OF VERY HAPPY LISTENING

Have a very Merry Christmas!

 

H

 

#BlogNo. 15

What’s been going on?!

Making the most out of anything….and Cuba

This week I’ve had a moment of inspiration. So I’ll post earlier than usual whenever this happens.  I find that if you’re aware, you’re always surrounded by new opportunities – whether that’s in your favour or not! Recently, this opportunity seemed to be not in my favour – in any conservatoire of music, there is an inundated amount of competition for practise rooms. Basically, whoever has the smartest approach to skilfully book rooms, wins the race.

To the point…

I have a room which essentially is the spot I have inhabited. One day that room was full for the day, my day could have been a total mess. At first I saw it as a joke, which is was, but on the day I didn’t feel so much in a jokey mood. So, there’s no point getting funny, I decided the best thing to do, was to focus on what I don’t usually spend time to do. And you know what, I felt somewhat in more of a benefit than I would have been if I was in my usual routine. Changing it up every so often is a great thing. After this lesson, I will now try to incorporate more time where I can grab a coffee, research, little practise and whatever else. Time doesn’t stop, so as long as there is a reason, it’s time well spent.

So next time…

you’re in a situation you dislike. Hold back, think what else you could do that is still productive but adapts to the new situation at hand. It’s all about playing the system. 

Cuba

BAM! Dropped that one pretty quick, I mean it’s the second time I have the opportunity to go back to Cuba for more lessons, learning and last but not least, rum! Last April I went with a group known as Tradicional Cubano; the flautist (Jose-Zalba Smith) is the son of Bueno Vista Social Club saxophonist Havier Zalba. Over the 3 weeks I had an immense time exploring the culture, language, dance and music. Now I get to do it all over again, this time, for an intensive 2 week course focusing on Rumba and Western Cuba.

The image featured is a gear stick in one of the taxis we were in. Fair to say, they may be 1950s American relics but oh boy they have some seriously modern, bassy speakers in those!

 

Songs (albums…got to be honest) of the week

I must give you a flavour of what you’d probably hear in Cuba. I find it surprising how not many people have heard of these guys —> Bueno Vista Social Club <—- Check out this too, some classic folkloric rumba. This is manly Pilon and Guauangco.

Enjoy!

I’m now on Twitter @H_P_T_B so if you want more up to date score of what I’m doing in the here and now, give me a lil old followroony!

#BlogNo. 8

Making the most out of anything….and Cuba

Living It Up

I’ve been…

..full out this week, of which, has left me with a sore throat and a illness hangover. But, that’s not stopping me from getting out there and dirty.

!Make well calculated rest and keep on the grind!

There’s been a fair amount of tension this week, probably to do with the colder weather but also it’s nearing the time of exams. And now matter what anybody says, that causes some form of stress. It’s interesting to see this from a learnt perspective, or in your language, seeing how you once dealt with stress and how you cope better now. You’re able to take people’s comments or actions with a pinch of salt, at the end of the day, how people behave around you isn’t going to affect your life, enabling you to live your life positively positive!! I think that is important. But also to make people aware with just a few carefully chosen words here or there, those words at some point come back when a person comes to realise truth.

On other news…

..progress is being made! I’ve now got a logo, I won’t be sharing it yet until my promotion page is ready! I can’t wait to share it. It’s important, I think, to do something and have something about yourself and business that makes you a little bit more distinctive. I mean it’s how you do it and not what you do. Making limitations can be a wonderful tool.

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just back from London today. I stayed with some family members, it’s really important as a musician to take some time out and spend it with your loved ones when you can. On another note, I had a crazy time. I had never been to Soho before. If you’ve not been. GO. It is jam packed with life and plenty of gigs. Check out –> YPlan <– if you’ve not already! It has events listed in London everyday. I went to see Alex Wilson & Nolita Golding Latin Soul Night at the Pizza Express Jazz Cafe. The percussionist playing mentioned it so I went to see him. I mean you can’t go wrong with pizza and live music! Especially when you conveniently have this spot 😉 IMG_2796

Then I went full out and saw Havana D’Primera. Check them out. They’re from Cuba and their music has caused a storm everywhere. That went on until 3.30am this morning, it was worth every penny.

 

Song of the week

Here it is! Havana D’Primera. One of my favourite tunes from their album.

Passporte – Havana D’Primera

#BlogNo.7

 

Living It Up